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Launches blog for August 10: SpaceX performed Starship engine tests at their Starbase in Texas and launched a new batch of Starlinks from Florida yesterday.
Antarctic sea ice for July 2022 was lowest in the 44-year satellite record. Arctic sea ice extent for July 2022 was 12th-lowest on record.
Meteors in moonlight. It's not optimal, but it happens! Here's how to minimize the moon and optimize the Perseid meteor shower in 2022.
Sun activity is currently low. But Monday’s surprise geomagnetic storm brought us many sightings of STEVE. See a video here.
We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Don Machholz, discoverer of 12 comets. He was also a writer for EarthSky ... and our friend.
Watch a bright waxing gibbous moon approach Saturn on the evenings of August 9 and 10, 2022. Saturn is then in the faint constellation Capricornus.
SpaceX has seven Starlink launches scheduled for the month of August 2022. Watch the second one taking place at 21:40 UTC on August 12, 2022.
On the morning of August 10, 2022, notice our brightest planet, Venus, forming a line with the two bright Gemini stars, Castor and Pollux.
On the morning of August 10, 2022, look for Mars in the sunrise direction near the beautiful Pleiades star cluster. Nearby is reddish Aldebaran.
The August birthstone can be green, crystalline peridot or colorful, banded sardonyx. Both have long histories. Take your pick, August babies!
Is it possible to hear a meteor? Some people report hearing meteors make a sizzling sound. Scientists explain how you can hear a meteor.
The Mars Sample Return mission is changing a bit, including the addition of 2 new Mars helicopters. It will bring the 1st-ever Mars samples to Earth in 2033.
Astronomers analyzing new Webb images have found UFOs, or Ultra-red Flattened Objects. These UFOs are disk galaxies that only become visible in infrared light.
In August - the month of Saturn's 2022 opposition - here are 4 fun and easy things you can watch for with the eye alone. No telescope needed!
Watch for the moon near fiery Antares on the evenings of August 6 and 7, 2022, floating near the summer Milky Way. They'll be a stirring sight!
Click here to read many recent, documented accounts of raining fish and frogs. Yes, it's a real thing! Discover the causes here.
Do bees die after they sting you? Only the honeybee dies after stinging you, and only female bees have stingers. The female honeybee dies protecting its home.
The 2022 Perseid meteor shower has already begun, and this weekend is a good time to watch!
Get a fresh look at galaxies M81 and M82 in Ursa Major. These incredible images combine hours of exposures and processing for a look at fine structures.
Robots to robot: Happy birthday! Today over 100,000 robotic lawn mowers will "sing" Happy Birthday to the Curiosity rover on Mars. You can participate!